Sports briefs for March 15

Posted March 15, 2012, at 8:54 p.m.
Last modified March 15, 2012, at 11:12 p.m.

Waldoboro recreation offers Celtics trip

WALDOBORO, Maine — The Waldoboro Recreation Department has seats available for a bus trip to see the Boston Celtics take on the Washington Wizards on Sunday, March 25.

The cost is $75 for Waldoboro residents and $85 for non-residents.

Maine Games sets auditions for national anthem

The Maine Games is offering Maine singers ages 10 and up the opportunity to submit an application to its statewide national anthem audition on April 14 in Lewiston at the Kora Shrine Temple at 11 Sabattus Street, starting at 2 p.m.

Winners get the opportunity to sing at a Portland Sea Dogs game, the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl and Maine Games events. Those interested may apply online at mainegames.org

Sonny’s, Traditions golf ranges set to open.

The range at Sonny’s Par 3 and Driving Range in Winterport will open Friday at 8 a.m. and the golf course will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. The range is open until 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the driving range at Traditions Golf Club and Learning Center in Holden will open at 9 a.m. The range will then be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Maine Class B senior all-star hockey game Saturday

FALMOUTH — The Maine Class B Senior All-Star hockey game will be held at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth on Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m.

The players from the East squad, coached by Mike Latendresse of the Eastern Maine Class B champion Messalonskee Eagles, will include Brewer’s Adam Cossette, Michael Shedd, Jacob Chapman, Tyler White and Joey Fowler; Messalonskee’s Sam Dexter, Travis St. Pierre and Nate DelGiudice; Presque Isle’s Connor Shaw, Isaac LaJoie and Evan Waddell; John Bapst of Bangor’s Joey Pate and Mark Dieuveuil; Old Town twins David and Peter Wilcox; Orono’s Dan Perry; Lawrence of Fairfield’s Christian Carpenter; Hampden Academy’s Kalvin Costa Vogel; Houlton-Hodgdon’s Sam Fitzpatrick and Winslow’s Eric Crawley.

The Western Maine team, coached by Barry Mothes of state champion Greely High School of Cumberland Center and Dave St. Pierre of Yarmouth, features Yarmouth’s Max Grimm, Marshall Brunelle, Eamon Costello, Bart Gallagher and Alex Kurtz; Greely’s Ben and Drew Hackett, Jordan Tarbox and Pete Stauber; York’s Craig Decato, Conor O’Brien, Tyson Bernard and Shane Hughes; Cape Elizabeth’s Nick Breed, Connor Logan and Kirby Saari; Gardiner’s Jeff McAuslin and Cam Sullivan; Camden Hills’ Henry Owen and Max Mercier and Leavitt of Turner’s Elijah Lamothe.

Travis Roy winner announced on Sunday

Thornton Academy of Saco’s C.J. Maksut, Biddeford’s Taylor Reuillard, Bangor’s Chris Howat and Lewiston’s Brandon Tiner will learn which one of them will take home the Travis Roy Award given to the state’s top Class A senior hockey player on Sunday at the Class A Coaches Association banquet at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston beginning at noon.

Maksut led the Trojans to two state Class A championships and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 154 points on 90 goals and 64 assists in his four years.

He had 29 goals and 26 assists this season.

Reuillard was a solid defenseman and captain for the Tigers.

Goalie Howat had a 2.16 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage and Tiner was a point-producing defenseman for Lewiston, notching six goals and six assists.

All four were very involved in their respective communities.

The first and second team All-State selections will also be announced as will the recipient of the Bob Boucher Coaches Award.

Woods says he’ll be at Masters

NEW YORK — Tiger Woods plans to return to practice and says he will be at the Masters.

“I’ll be there. Don’t worry about that,” Woods said Thursday on “Good Morning, America” to promote a new video game.

Woods withdrew from the final round of the Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday with what he described as tightness in the left Achilles tendon. He said the next day that doctors told him it was a mild sprain.

Woods said the soreness and swelling are gone, and he will start practicing on Friday to test it out. He said he hopes to play next week in the Tavistock Cup, a made-for-TV exhibition among players from four exclusive country clubs; and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Woods has never missed the Masters.

Trail Blazers fire coach Nate McMillan

The Portland Trail Blazers have fired coach Nate McMillan.

The Blazers announced the move on Thursday, one day after a 42-point loss to the Knicks in New York. Assistant coach Caleb Kanales will be the interim head coach.

The firing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The Blazers have lost seven of their last 10 games to fall out of the Western Conference playoff race. The firing was part of an overhaul on Thursday that included trading veteran center Marcus Camby to the Houston Rockets and versatile forward Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets.

“Hard to see coach Nate go,” All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge tweeted. “He was my coach since day one and I’ve grown a lot under his coaching.”

Portland is 20-23 and in 12th place in the West, last in the Northwest Division. McMillan went 266-269 in over six seasons as coach of the Blazers and led them to the playoffs the previous three seasons. But the Blazers failed to make it out of the first round in each of those trips to the postseason, and the warning signs started to pop up pretty early that this season was going to be rough.

Blazers waive former No. 1 pick Oden

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers have waived center Greg Oden, ending the former No. 1 overall pick’s disappointing career in Portland.

Oden was limited to just 82 games by injuries since the Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left to go with one on the right.

Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

The Blazers were busy Thursday on trade deadline day after collapsing and falling out of the Western Conference playoff standings. They fired coach Nate McMillan and traded Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby in separate deals.

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